At some point in their lives, every teenager will experience anxiety. Oftentimes, this anxiety is situational and will go away at some point. However, that is not always the case. Anxiety is a common way that teenagers will react to stress. Even though it is a common way to deal with stress, it can get to the point where it can affect the day-to-day quality of life for your teen. There are many different symptoms or signs of anxiety that could be apparent in your teen. Oftentimes, these symptoms are disregarded as a struggle that your teenager is going through. If you think that your teenager is suffering from anxiety, teen counseling is an option that can really help them through these difficult times. Watch for these signs if you suspect that your teenager is dealing with anxiety:
One of the most common signs that your teenager may be dealing with anxiety is that they are experiencing emotional changes. This could look like your teenager being on edge or more irritable than they typically would be. While other teenagers will have more subtle signs of their emotional state by showing that they are more nervous about certain tasks than they were in the past. It is important to watch for these emotional changes so that if your teenager is showing signs of anxiety, they can get the help they need.
Changes in Social Interactions
Another way that anxiety is manifested in teens, is that it affects the way that they socially interact with others. This may appear in your teenager as a loss of interest in spending time with their friends. It can also be manifested in a way where they lose all interest in participating in hobbies that they were at one point passionate about. If you notice that your teenager wants to spend more time alone, and away from other people, this may be a sign that they are suffering from anxiety.
Changes in Their Physical State
When you notice changes in the physical habits of your teenager, this may be a sign that they are experiencing anxiety in their life. There are a wide variety of ways that anxiety can affect a teenager physically. Sometimes it makes your teen feel as though they are sick often. This may look like headaches or stomach aches that are constantly coming back. This may be a sign of constant worrying or feeling anxious about their situation.
Anxiety also shows itself through changes in appetite. When a teenager is suffering from anxiety, there may be a loss of appetite. This loss of appetite will result in weight loss and weakness. Conversely, feelings of anxiousness can cause other teenagers to overeat and gain weight. These are tell-tale signs that there is something going on in your teens life that they may need help with.
Decline in School Performance
When a teenager has anxiety, it can disrupt every facet of their life. It makes it difficult to sleep, focus, and socialize. All of these factors put together can make it extremely difficult to perform well in school. Worrying about large assignments, skipping class as a result of wanting to socially isolate, and turning in assignments late is something that greatly affects the ability to perform well in their classes.
There are so many different signs that your teenager may be suffering from anxiety. We believe that if you know the signs, you can help your child get the help that they need. At All About You Therapy Services, we are passionate about helping your teen find the peace and comfort that they deserve. Contact us today so that your teenager can get back to their happy life.